Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Fool


0 The Fool

Keywords: Journey; adventure; new beginnings; a fresh slate; naiveté; inexperience; travel; progression; trust; determination; lack of tact; mental illumination; communication

Archetypes: The Beaver; Pollyanna (played by Haley Mills); the Tin Man; Lassie; Mr. Rogers





Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

The Fool says, “We are off!”…on an adventure, that is. The world is your oyster, and hopefully you’re going to find a big fat white beautiful Pearl inside. Optimism is at its peak, bright lights and adventure are calling your name. You feel a need– no, an absolute compulsion– to explore the world, to start fresh, to begin at the beginning. It’s a new day, a new dawn, and you are vibrating with positive energy and infinite possibilities. This card is so full of in-your-face hyper energy it makes me feel like I’m running around in mad confusion with a gazillion things on my mind– everything that I’ve never done, everything that I’ve wanted to do, everything that I’m destined to do, and I’m trying to do it all at once. (No more caffeine for me!) And just as an after thought, don’t confuse “new beginnings” with youth. New Beginnings are Spirit’s salve for Life’s harshness and come at all age levels.

Reversed Interpretation:

The Fool howls, “Oh, No!”, as he slips on a banana peel and goes right over the edge of that cliff he’s perched on. Reversed, The Fool is a disaster waiting to happen. The harsher, more obnoxious side of Aries comes through, only making situations more difficult, tempers hotter, patience shorter, confrontations sharper and more destructive. The Fool reversed doesn’t have a clue. He could be going to hell in a hand-basket, for all he knows. The Fool is that poor guy who thinks he has a great idea, he’s sure of it, you can’t tell him otherwise; the only problem is he hasn’t thought it through. Almost everyone has at least one great big “Oops” experience in their life. Don’t feel bad.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will not be afraid to try something new.

2. I will accept and celebrate the adventures life sends my way.

3. I will relish and live everyday as though it were my last.

4. I will explore new ideas.

5. I will remember to plan ahead.

A Tarot Reading for The Fool:
The Fool ~ 4/pentacles; The Tower ®; The Star ®

The Fool, off on his perennial journey to find himself, or some facsimile, has neglected to back up his journey with a little planning and foresight.  But there’s more to it than that.  He’s hanging onto something, something that he may not even admit to himself.  He’s hanging onto something for fear of what will happen if he lets go.  So in the interim, he plays free spirit, when often much deeper and more serious thoughts loom just beneath the surface of his persona.

The Fool has a difficult time facing crisis when it comes along in life.  It’s not so much that he’s not aware of it, more acutely than anyone would guess, it’s just that he doesn’t want to fog up his rose colored glasses; and then there are those Fools who have become use to other people cleaning up the catastrophes of life for them.  He doesn’t realize that with his foggy glasses the way forward is not clear.  He won’t see that cavernous hole in the road ahead until it’s too late.  Beware Fool, you bring on your own demise in the mad ambition of eluding responsibility.

As The Fool stumbles blindly forward in life, he somehow maintains the happy unbridled outlook of the perennial optimist.  That’s one thing about this guy.  He’ll keep his chin up no matter what the world is piling on top of him.  It’s one of the perks of those rose colored glasses.  And his optimism will be contagious, except to the individual who is left with broom and dustpan in hand to sweep up the mess.  He’s always hopeful, The Fool, but be careful of catching his optimism, it more often than not has an ethereal quality about it that somehow eludes reality.

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